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Lowell Lecture

Low Turnout in Municipal Elections

Date & Time

Nov. 5, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.


Modern Theatre
525 Washington Street Boston, MA 02111
Driving Directions


Sarah Anzia (professor at University of California, Berkeley and author of Timing and Turnout: How Off-Cycle Elections Favor Organized Groups) Zoltan Hajnal (professor at University of California, San Diego and author of America’s Uneven Democracy: Turnout, Race, and Representation in City Politics) Elena Letona (Executive Director, Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts)

Presenting Organization

Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University




Jennifer Bonardi (, 617-305-6316)

Long term trends indicate that voter turnout in municipal elections in larger cities like Boston is on the decline. In municipal elections, turnout can be as low as single digits. Low-turnout elections tend to be dominated by whiter, more affluent, older voters. What are the implications of low turnout municipal elections for municipal services? For minorities? For democracy? Join us for a provocative and thoughtful discussion of the causes, consequences, and possible fixes for low turnout municipal elections.

Zoltan Hajnal and Sarah Anzia will be selling and signing their books — America’s Uneven Democracy and Timing and Turnout, respectively — at the end of the event in the lobby.

Co-presented with: Scholars Strategy Network